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A Feminist Menagerie

Giraud, Eva; Hollin, Greg; Potts, Tracey; Forsyth, Isla

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Eva Giraud

Greg Hollin

Isla Forsyth


This paper appraises the role of critical-feminist figurations within the environmental humanities, focusing on the capacity of figures to produce situated environmental knowledges and pose site-specific ethical obligations. We turn to four environments—the home, the skies, the seas and the microscopic—to examine the work that various figures do in these contexts. We elucidate how diverse figures—ranging from companion animals to birds, undersea creatures and bugs—reflect productive traffic between longstanding concerns in feminist theory and the environmental humanities, and generate new insights related to situated knowledges, feminist care-ethics and the politics of everyday sensory encounters. We also argue, however, that certain figures have tested the limits of theoretical approaches which have emerged as the product of dialogue between feminist theory and environmental studies. In particular, we explore how particular figures have complicated ethical questions of how to intervene in broad environmental threats borne of anthropogenic activities, and of who or what to include in relational ethical frameworks.


Giraud, E., Hollin, G., Potts, T., & Forsyth, I. (2018). A Feminist Menagerie. Feminist Review, 118(1), 61-79.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 28, 2017
Online Publication Date May 8, 2018
Publication Date Apr 1, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 21, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 29, 2019
Journal Feminist Review
Print ISSN 0141-7789
Electronic ISSN 1466-4380
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 118
Issue 1
Pages 61-79
Series ISSN 0141-7789 , 1466-4380
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